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Industry News Round-Up

Being on vacation this week, I’ll take this opportunity to do a round-up of industry news I’m just catching up on. Enjoy the review.

  • The FCC Raises the Broadband Bar: According to a report it issued today, the FCC now defines broadband speeds as a minimum of 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.
  • Comcast Frank is Leaving!: Frank Eliason (famous @ComcastCares tweeter) announced on the Comcast blog that he’s moving on to a new opportunity.
  • The SCTE gets a CTO: Daniel Howard, co-author of two early DOCSIS specifications, was hired this week to act as the first ever chief technology officer of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.
  • Set-Top Shipments Up 9% in 2009: Yup. Despite the recession, set-top shipments continued to rise in 2009 according to IMS Research.
  • Tech Support Biz is Up: Parks Associates reports that demand for remote tech support services is on the rise, and projects the industry to generate $5 billion by 2014.